'My life My Way' is a new project providing support to older people with dementia and their carers in the Belfast and Northern Trust areas.
The aim of this exciting new project is to promote the personal autonomy and decision making of hard to reach, older people with dementia who are isolated and at high risk of disempowerment.
Our volunteers offer signposting and provide relevant information about care options and entitlements which will allow the individual with dementia or their carer to make better informed decisions. It is hoped this will empower older people who have been diagnosed with dementia as they gain improved personal choice, control and Influence over decisions about their care as they recognise their dignity they deserve as they continue to live life their way less lonely.
Become an Information & Support Volunteer
We need more volunteers who will provide support to older people with dementia and their carers.
As a Information & Support Volunteer you will:
- Learn new skills
- Feel great about making a positive and life changing difference
- Learn and share your knowledge about related services and activities in the local area and how to access them.
Age NI will provide you with on-going training and guidance, one-to-one support, out-of-pocket expenses and experience into the ageing and dementia process.
Information & Support Volunteers
'Volunteering with Age NI has given me the chance to give something back and do something truly positive for others.'
'When you volunteer, you don't just give back, you get back too in so many ways. It's a truly fulfilling experience.'
'I normally fit my volunteering in during the evening. I visit John once a week and I could not have been matched with a more suitable person.'
'I've made a great friend, a truly lovely lady. She recognises me as soon as I come through her door and she’ll say, 'Hello, it’s my wee friend Janis.' This makes my day.'
John was inspired to be a My Life My Way volunteer, having supported his dad for many years to deal with dementia.
Joan, 76, is from Belfast and decided to put her past experience as an Occupational Therapist to use through the My Life Way programme.
To volunteer, download the role description and application form, from the downloads area below. Please send your completed form to the Community Navigator for the area you wish to volunteer with.
Belfast Trust area
Area covers: Belfast and part of Castlereagh
Contact: Emma McLoughlin, Age NI Community Navigator
Tel: 07436 581 437
Northern Trust area
Area initially covers: Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne, Ballyclare & Newtownabbey areas.
Contact: Mandy Wilson, Age NI Community Navigator
Tel: 07436 581 438
My Life My Way is a partnership project with the Big Lottery Fund and the Belfast and Northern Health and Social Care Trusts.
Short url for this webpage: www.ageni.org/mylifemyway